American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public in November 2017

All of the below events are open free of charge to the public. We would like you to plan carefully before registering with us so that we have enough seats for participants. If you register for our events but change your plan, kindly notify us by email. If you would like to be an American Center member, please register.

***REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS EXCEPT THOSE NOTED OTHERWISE. Register here. You can also check out our Facebook page to see event schedule and click “Join” to register with us.***

All events take place at 1st Floor of the Rose Garden Tower at 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Hanoi, except those noted otherwise. Remember to bring your ID with you. Members of the media are welcome to attend public events at the American Center. However, if you intend to being in still or video cameras‎, please contact the Media Team at least 24 hours in advance so we can determine whether the speaker is comfortable and, if so, request security access for your equipment. Please note that not all speakers will want to be filmed and interviewed. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Please Note: In the American Center (AC), we usually record, film and photograph our programs and activities to promote the AC and the work the U.S. Embassy does in Vietnam. We regularly use and post these images on our social media platforms. When participating in American Center programs, you provide your tacit consent for your image to be used in this way. If you prefer that your image not be used for non-commercial publicity reasons, please provide your request in writing to a staff member at the Help Desk. Thank you!

Time Program Speaker
Nov. 2017 – Jan. 2018
Women in STEM: Building Modern Web Applications
American Center
Dec. 2017 – Jan. 2018
Startup Smart for Women
American Center
Nov. 2, 12:00 – 1:15 Business Model Canvas: A Tool for Entrepreneurs and Innovators (PDF-780KB) – MOOC Facilitated Discussion 4 Lê Hồng Tâm (opens in a new window)
Nov. 2, 2:00 – 3:30 Debate Club
American Center
Nov. 3, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour – Canceled American Center
Nov. 7, 3:00 – 4:30 American English Club American Center
Nov. 8, 5:00 – 7:00 Pathways to Academic Success series: Strategies for Successful Study in the United States Helen Huntley
Nov. 9, 12:00 – 1:15 Business Model Canvas: A Tool for Entrepreneurs and Innovators (PDF-780KB) – MOOC Facilitated Discussion 5 Lê Hồng Tâm
Nov. 13, 3:00 – 4:00 Ways We Can Build Our Confidence Cynthia McKinney
Nov. 14, 2:30 – 4:00 U.S. Higher Education in STEM Fields Dr. Eun-Woo Chang
Nov. 15, 4:00 – 6:00 My Stories in the U.S. – My Learning Experience in the U.S. Vietnam U.S. Alumni Club
Nov. 16, 2:00 – 3:30 Debate Club American Center
Nov. 16, 3:00 – 4:30 EducationUSA: Attending College in America Matt DeWilde
Nov. 17, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour American Center
Nov. 17, 5:30 – 7:00 The Thanksgiving Holiday
Rebecca Garcia
Nov. 20, 5:00 – 7:00 Leadership Training: Managing Strategic Change Hoang Ngoc Bich
Nov. 21, 3:30 – 5:00 Presentation Skills Bui Phuong Anh
Nov. 22, 10:00 – 11:30 American English Club American Center
Nov. 24, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour American Center
Nov. 24, 3:00 – 4:30 EducationUSA: Graduate Admissions Process Jason Cronk
Nov. 27, 3:00 – 4:00 Ways to Overcome Failures in Our Lives Cynthia McKinney
Nov. 27, 5:00 – 7:00 Leadership Training: Effective Planning: A 7-Step Formula Hoàng Ngọc Bích
Nov. 28, 3:00 – 4:30 AC Student News American Center
Nov. 29, 5:30 – 7:00 Current Trends in American Public Education
Rebecca Garcia
Nov. 30, 4:30 – 6:00 MOOC: English for Career Development (PDF-279KB) – MOOC Facilitated Discussion 1 Trần Thị Thùy Trang
Conversation Hour

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
American Volunteers
Call it a conversation, or any one of this word’s synonyms – chat, colloquy, converse, dialog, discussion, etc. – this is an hour of informal talk and your opportunity to improve your English speaking and listening skills. An American host of the hour will introduce a topic and guide you through discussion around it. Come to chat and learn. Bring your friends and make even more friends!

American English Club

American Center Interns
Come join our American English Club, starting from 5:00 PM. This fun upcoming program will feature performances of some well-known and beloved songs. After the musical performances, the audience will join the host to learn how to sing one of these memorable tunes as a warm-up activity. Then, the club will continue with its interesting activities that will give you the opportunities to improve your English speaking skills, enhance your vocabulary, and have a lot of fun discussions and presentations.

Debate Club

American Center Interns
The goal of the American Center’s Debate Club is to create friendly environment where anyone can express and freely debate their ideas on interesting current topics. So if you like to analyze facts, communicates openly, or just interested in debate please make your way to the AC to join our club.

  • Nov. 2: “Military service should be made compulsory for the youth”
  • Nov. 16: “In today’s society, online education is better than traditional classroom education”
AC Student News

American Center Interns
Adapted from the CNN Student News, this program encouraged participants to reflect on and discuss international issues, while using opportunity to sharpen English language skills, especially listening and speaking.

Women in STEM: Building Modern Web Applications

Register at: https://goo.gl/Qyu1wn before 13:00, November 15, 2017 (Hanoi time)
Online entrance test: November 15, 2017

The Building Dynamic Websites module helps students to develop modern web applications. From the client and server sides to databases, Building Dynamic Websites is a completed course for learning website development. In this module, students learn JavaScript, Node.js, Express.js and MongoDB to create full functional websites. During the module, student teams will work on their own project which will be presented at the end of the module.

  • Start date: November 27, 2017
  • Time: from 4:00 pm to 6:45 pm, every Monday and Wednesday
  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Location: American Center Hanoi, 170 Ngoc Khanh, Hanoi
Pathways to Academic Success series: Strategies for Successful Study in the United States

November 8, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Helen Huntley

This session will explore how students can make the transition successfully to studying in an American university. Topics will include understanding the academic structure, the role of faculty, expectations in and out of the classroom, academic standards, and the different types of support that are typically available to assist students in their academic and personal lives.

Ways We Can Build Our Confidence

November 13, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cynthia McKinney

Many times we face challenges in our lives and we can be uncertain of our ability to accomplish these challenges. Understanding our strengths and believing in our abilities can make us brave to face new challenges. To reach our full potential in life we will need to have confidence. There are things that decrease our confidence, and there are things that can build and increase our confidence. In this session, we will talk about the enemies of confidence to avoid and the steps to take to increase our level of confidence.

U.S. Higher Education in STEM Fields

November 14, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Eun-Woo Chang, Provost at the Ashland University

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education has received much attention in the higher education in the United States because of its importance for the national economy. In the recent years, the demand for STEM graduates in the job market continues to increase. How do American universities provide high-quality STEM education for their students and prepare them for a competitive job market? Dr. Chang will discuss in detail about the STEM programs available for international students from Asia.

Bio of Dr. Eun-Woo Chang:

Dr. Eun-Woo Chang was appointed as the Provost at the Ashland University in the spring of 2016. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Chang served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Mercer County Community College in NJ and the Dean of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics at the Montgomery College in Maryland from 2011-2014; and as the program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation from 2008-2011. He was also a chemistry professor at the Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada for 17 years.

Chang earned a B.S. in chemistry in South Korea, an M.A. in chemistry from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles. After receiving his doctorate, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University. In 2010, he was named an American Chemical Society Fellow. Recently, he was selected as a member of the 2017-2018 Council of Independent Colleges Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program.

Attending College in America

November 16, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Matt DeWilde

Curious about the university life in the United States? Come to hear Matt DeWilde sharing his recent experience and insights about his college life. Matt graduated in 2016 from a leading private university, American University, in Washington DC. He will share tips on how to choose the right school and what you need to do to get ready. Greek Life? It is not about life in the country Greece, but about clubs on the U.S. universities. Matt will share his own experience about Greek life and the pros and cons.

The Thanksgiving Holiday

November 17, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Rebecca Garcia

The Thanksgiving holiday is important to families and American culture. Come learn about the history and popular traditions of Thanksgiving. At the end, there will also be some delicious recipes you can try at home this season too.

Rebecca Garcia is an elementary school teacher at St. Paul American School in Hanoi. Before joining St Paul, she was a teacher in San Francisco, and has also taught English for second language learners both in the U.S. and overseas.

Graduate Admissions Process

November 24, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Jason Cronk, Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, Graduate School of Education, The University of Pennsylvania

The speaker will talk about the graduate admissions process in general and compare/contrast it with the undergraduate process at U.S. University.

Ways to Overcome Failures in Our Lives

November 27, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cynthia McKinney

Failure is a part of life. Many times we are afraid of failure. When failure happens, many people see the failure as a barrier to reaching a goal. The failure can become a stumbling block that causes a person to lose their focus and stop reaching for their goal. In this session we will discuss how to turn our failures into stepping stones that help us reach our goals in life.

Current Trends in American Public Education

November 29, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Rebecca Garcia

Education in the United States is constantly evolving.
The essential questions people are asking are:
How do children learn best?
How can a society best provide an education to their children?
To address those questions, we will be discussing the new national standards, our social emotional learning, and the rise of charter schools.

Rebecca Garcia is an elementary school teacher at St. Paul American School in Hanoi. Before joining St Paul, she was a teacher in San Francisco, and has also taught English for second language learners both in the U.S. and overseas.